If You Have Symptoms, Call 111

Anyone with symptoms is asked to contact 111 immediately. Do not assume the symptoms are something else.  

The Contact Tracing team are continuing to work tirelessly through the significant number of close contacts of those who test positive for the virus. They are asking people to be patient whilst the team work to contact everyone. 

Dr Henrietta Ewart, Director of Public Health, said: ‘We are heading to the end of the first week of lockdown and are starting to see the effect of community transmission of the virus with cases estimated to rise over the next few days as we hit the peak. It is important to remember that the majority of these new positive cases will be as a result of transmission within households and close contacts, and so will already be in isolation.   

‘I would encourage the whole community to be vigilant and continue to practise good hand and respiratory hygiene. If you do have any symptoms, please report these with 111.’

Symptoms include:

  • a temperature of more than 37.8C (100F)

  • OR, a new and persistent cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • OR, anosmia – this is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked

  • OR, a new shortness of breath